FOOKES, Ursula

British (1906 – 1991)

Mining Town #1, ca. 1930

Color linocut. Edition of 50. Signed and numbered 3/50 in pencil.

9 ⅝  x  11 ⅜  inches    |    24.4  x  28.9 cm

Ursula Fookes studied at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art from 1929 to 1931 under Claude Flight. She exhibited in the annual British Linocut exhibitions at the Redfern and Ward Galleries in the 1930s, and also showed her work with the Society of Women Artists and the New English Art Club. The Imperial War Museum in London holds a diary she kept when she worked during WWII in Europe running a mobile canteen for troops.  She retired to Wiveton in North Norfolk.

Mining Town #1 is her most accomplished and sought-after print and is one of many featuring a mining town in South Wales, Rhondda.  It is compelling for its composition with rhythmic, repetitive curves and also for its social commentary on the miners’ bleak existence in tract lodgings.

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